The Health and Science Pipeline Initiative (HASPI) began in 2006 as a grant-funded program in San Diego County that aimed to increase awareness and strengthen preparation for healthcare careers. HASPI is a collaborative network of K-16 educators, industry representatives, and community organizations that work together to prepare students from all academic levels and backgrounds to pursue any health training program of their choice, ranging from becoming a technician to a physician.
The main goals of HASPI are to:
The focus of the HASPI curriculum has been to develop health pathway programs by incorporating healthcare and medical concepts into required core courses, such as Science and English. Through collaboration with education and industry partners, HASPI has developed labs, activities, and modules for courses in Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, English, and Math as well as middle school Earth, Life, and Physical Sciences.
All curriculum content has been written to reflect the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The curriculum resources are free for use by educators and available on the HASPI Curriculum page. In 2011, educators requested that HASPI assemble “lab kits,” making supplies convenient and accessible for teachers to implement the HASPI lab curriculum. Since that time, thousands of kits have been produced by our small, dedicated team. While we no longer have grant funding to provide kits for free, the HASPI Store will provide lab kit bundles, individual lab kits, and customized lab kits for purchase that will support the implementation of the Medical Biology, Medical Chemistry, Medical Anatomy & Physiology, Vaccination and Immunity, and middle school Earth, Life, and Physical Science curriculum.